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The Kingdom of Isolation just got another inhabitant. Yep, a new Frozen short movie is on the way from Walt Disney Studios.

It's called Frozen Fever, bringing back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, Olaf, along with a new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will direct the short which will debut in the spring. And that's pretty much the best news you'll hear all day.

"It's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk," reads a plot description provided by Disney. But what could the animated short possibly bring to the wider, wintry world of Frozen?

Let's take a look at these other short movie animations which did a similar thing, and see if we can get some inside info...


Toy Story of Terror

It is common for animated franchises to eventually receive a special short. But when Pixar developed the Toy Story of Terror special, the studio decided to think outside the toy box.

Woody and Buzz - the two main characters from the Toy Story universe - still got their screen time. But in the Pixar horror special, it is the plucky cowgirl, facing her fears, whose story this is.

Perhaps Frozen Fever will expand some of the character interaction in the same way. It would be nice to see Elsa and Kristoff join forces to make Anna's birthday a happy one, for example, as Frozen didn't have much room for the pair to interact beyond making him the official Arendelle Ice Master and Deliverer... What would you like to see?


Tangled Ever After

If the animated short spin-off of Tangled is anything to go by, then Frozen Fever could allow Disney to do more of the fun bits which it couldn't cram into Frozen.

Much like in Toy Story, director and Disney animator Nathan Greno and Byron Howard turned the focus on some supporting characters from Tangled. Among them were Pascal, Rapunzel's pet chameleon, and Maximus, a horse with the heart of a soldier and the tracking skills of a bloodhound. The two characters were based on silent movie stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Howard said, and provided the animators "an opportunity to do a lot of slapstick" that didn't make it into the feature film.

Given that an animated short has less of a plotline to flesh-out, I'm hoping that Frozen Fever's birthday antics will opt for fun and frivolity. And lots of it!


Jack-Jack Attack

It couldn't be... Could it? Might Frozen Fever be one way for the Frozen franchise to pave the way for Frozen 2?

The idea behind Jack-Jack Attack was originally a sequence in The Incredibles, but was cut when director Brad Bird decided to reveal the baby's powers at the end of the movie. By expanding the babysitting misadventure to a short film, the creative team elevated to hilarious heights Kari's frantic calls to Helen Parr.

Although we're yet to see it take shape, Brad has commented that he would "want to do an Incredibles sequel," and revealed that there are "many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film." My inclination is that Jack-Jack Attack was going this way, before Bird got distracted by being asked to helm the likes of Ratatouille.

So, although it's not a given, let's bear Frozen Fever in mind as part of the larger Frozen universe and a possible way into Frozen 2.


Now, if we could only get Frozen Fever to expand into a two hour sequel, everyone would be happy. And by everyone, I really mean me...


What do you think Frozen Fever will add to the Frozen universe?

(Sources: Coming Soon, LA Times, THR)


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